Students of Civics Unit 11: State & Local Government

ms. chapman's vocabulary
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Governor
The chief executive of a state government
municipal courts
courts in a large city that handle minor civil and criminal cases
counties
subdivisions of state government formed to carry out state laws, collect taxes, and supervise elections
mayor
the chief executive of a city government
city council
the lawmaking body of city
regulatory agencies
government body responsible for control and supervise of a particular activity or area of public interest
Strong Mayor System
Mayor has full executive authority
Weak Mayor System
Mayor and city council share authority
item veto
the power of the head of the executive branch to eject one part of a bill but approve the rest of it
referendum
a method of referring to a bill to the voters for approval before the bill can become a law
charter
basic plans of government granted by state legislators to local government
ordinances
regulations that govern a local government unit
townships
units of local government that maintain local roads and rural schools within counties
Magistrate
Handles minor civil complaints in urban areas.
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